"Endurance artist" David Blaine's latest stupid human trick is standing on a platform and getting electrocuted for 72 hours.
The event is now streaming live on Intel's Ultrabook Experience channel, which seems strange until you realize people are using laptops to hit Blaine with volts of electricity. Also, duh, what would magic be without corporate sponsorship?
As Gawker's Caity Weaver points out, Blaine's latest stunt is hardly dangerous: "Basically, David Blaine is going to wear a suit and be awake for a long time and afterwards he's going to smell like before a thunderstorm."
Physicist John Belcher confirms that Blaine is going to be just fine.
There is no danger in this that I see. I would do it, and I am 69 years old and risk-averse. I just would have to take a nap.
So if you're tuning in to see a man get fried to death — or at least to watch his hair go full Einstein — you're going to be disappointed.
Actually, you're going to be disappointed regardless, unless you really want to see Blaine repeatedly wave at the crowd of people gathered below him. Seriously, that's about all it is at this point: waves, smiles, really dramatic music to distract from the banality of it all.
Every once in a while, you'll see some bolts hit Blaine, but the fact that he doesn't even flinch only serves as a reminder of how shrug-worthy this stunt is.
Wait, no, he's — he's giving the thumbs-up. You should also watch live if you want to see David Blaine give the thumbs-up.
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